Home Networking Solutions Using the HomePNA modem with Sony VAIO® Computers The information contained in this manual supercedes related information and instructions that may be contained in your VAIO® Computer User Guide or VAIO® Computer QuickStart (Model-specific).
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Advancements in personal computer and telecommunications technologies have opened the door to home networking. This manual provides information on how to link your Sony VAIO® computers, using a Home Phoneline Networking Alliance (HomePNA) modem and HomePNA technology. Understanding HomePNA Technology The HomePNA standard uses frequency division multiplexing (FDM) to use the same phone line for voice and data transmission.
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To Set Up Your Home Network The HomePNA modem that is installed in your Sony VAIO® computer is designed to use the existing phone lines in your home to establish a closed home network. This section provides information on setting up a home network using your VAIO computer.
Home Networking Solutions Basic system requirements The basic system requirements are as follows: ❑ Microsoft Windows Me™ ❑ Microsoft Windows 2000 ❑ Microsoft Windows 98 ❑ Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition (SE) ❑ Each computer system on the network must be able to connect to a standard telephone jack (RJ-11).
Configuring your home network The basic configuration setup presumes that your VAIO® computer is set up to work correctly with your type of telephone access and your Internet Service Provider (ISP). Any method of connecting to the Internet provides access to all of the linked computers.
Home Networking Solutions Connecting your HomePNA modem The HomePNA modem installed in your VAIO computer has a single jack (RJ-11). Each computer on your home network requires installation of a compatible HomePNA device. To install a HomePNA device, refer to the documentation that accompanied your computer(s) and the installation instructions that accompanied the HomePNA device(s).
Connecting the modem cable VAIO computer HomePNA modem jack If you want to use a single wall jack for your computer’s Internet access and for a standard telephone, you can use an optional 1-to-2 jack adapter (splitter) in the telephone wall jack to accommodate both lines. If you choose to use a splitter: Plug the splitter into the telephone wall jack.
Home Networking Solutions Linking Computers and Peripheral Devices Your VAIO® computer uses the Windows Me™ operating system, which automates the process of linking other computers and peripheral devices on your home network. Windows Me simplifies network sharing of a single Internet connection across a home network.
Click Next. From the wizard’s Internet Connection screen, select the Yes option, which establishes your VAIO computer as the Internet gateway for your home network. Select “A direct connection to my ISP using the following device:” from the second level options. From the drop-down list, choose the service or device by which you connect to the Internet.
Home Networking Solutions Click Next. From the wizard’s Internet Connection Sharing screen, select the Yes option. From the drop-down list, select “BCM HPNA 10Mbps NIC.” Internet Connection Sharing screen (Home Networking Wizard) Click Next. From the wizard’s Establishing Internet Connection screen, you can choose the Yes option to enable the other linked computers to independently connect to the Internet using your VAIO computer.
Click Next. From the wizard’s Computer and workgroup names screen, establish a unique name for your computer and for the network group to which it belongs. The unique computer and workgroup names identify each computer on your home network. All computers on your home network must be assigned to the same workgroup.
Home Networking Solutions Click Next. From the wizard’s Share files and printers screen, you can set your file and printer sharing preferences. When you share your My Documents folder, the default setting permits full access by other users on your home network. Other users can add, delete, or modify the contents of your My Documents folder.
Click Next. From the wizard’s Home Networking Setup disk screen, you can create a setup disk for other linked computers that use the Windows® 98 operating system. Home Networking Setup disk screen (Home Networking Wizard) If all of your linked computers are running Windows Me, you do not need to create a setup disk.
You can establish and manage your home network with computers that run various Microsoft® Windows® operating systems. However, Sony recommends that all linked computers use the Windows Me™ operating system. For best results, consult the documentation that accompanied the specific computer(s) and the specific HomePNA device(s).
Managing your Home Network The instructions in this section are intended as guidelines for your VAIO computer running the Windows Me™ operating system. These guidelines may vary for the other linked computers in your home network, depending on the HomePNA device and the Windows® operating system installed in the specific computer.
Home Networking Solutions To set up data sharing permissions (Windows Me) To set up data sharing permission on linked computers that are running the Windows Me operating system, follow these steps: Right-click on the hard drive or folder to be shared. Click Sharing.
To access shared data You can access shared data from one computer using a different computer, both computers must be turned on. To access peripheral equipment that is connected to one computer while you are using a different computer, the device must be turned on and properly connected and both computers must be turned on.
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Troubleshooting This section describes how to solve common problems you may encounter when using your HomePNA modem. Many problems have simple solutions, so try these suggestions before you call Sony Customer Support. Topics Topic: Why can’t I see the other computers on my home network? Your VAIO®...
Home Networking Solutions Topic: How do I access the Internet from another computer on my home network? You can access the Internet from another linked computer on your home network, if you have properly configured your VAIO computer for Internet Connection Sharing (ICS).
To learn more about the Home Phoneline Networking Alliance (HomePNA) and how to set up a home network, visit the HomePNA Web site at http://www.homepna.org. To learn more about your Sony VAIO® computer and the installed HomePNA modem, visit the Sony VAIO Direct Web site at http://www.sonystyle.com/vaio. To Reach Sony For further assistance, call 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972) or visit Sony Customer Support at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.
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Specifications Broadcom® BCM4211 Technology/V.90 compatible data/fax modem Supported cable types Standards Compatibility Modem Data Transfer Speed Voltage * Maximum speed for faxing is 14.4 Kilobits per second (Kbps). Your modem is capable of downloading at 56 Kbps using V.90. Your phone service, online service, or Internet Service Provider, however, may not support this technology or operate at this speed.
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